They don’t remake films as TV movies for artistic reasons. But even given that, this was a horrible desecration, made with absolutely no understanding of what made the original click or why it’s still loved.
Tagged: Musicals & Pseudo-Musicals
Most new shows take a few episodes to really find their footing, and this episode may be where Cop Rock finally started to improve. It never becomes good, mind you, but it generally avoids anything as embarrassing as the musical numbers of the first three episodes.
Regardless of any personal misgivings I may have with Disney’s remake enterprise, even the worst ideas can be turned into good movies. So in the unlikely event that Jon Favreau may be reading this, here are five steps I would recommend him to take to make his Lion King roar.
If the point of these numbers is to allow us to get to know the characters in ways that mere spoken dialogue can’t provide, shouldn’t the vast majority of them have been performed by the show’s main cast?
It’s almost like the makers of this show were daring viewers to change the channel.
Aaaand then a drum machine kicks in, and the dealers and bystanders all perform a rap song while the cops just smirk and shake their heads like perps breaking out into an impromptu musical number while being arrested is a totally normal thing. Such is the world of Cop Rock, producer Steven Bochco’s ill-fated 1990 attempt to fuse the police drama and musical genres.
Peter Pan begins, but with a friendly Captain Hook, Rooney Mara as an Indian, and songs by Nirvana and the Ramones, you’ll understand the original story even less once you watch the prequel.
Ursa’s new year’s resolution? Be a bit more like the ladies in Sister Act. Minus the nunning. That said, more singing (and developing my posse of kick-butt lady friends) seem like good goals.
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain, except the makers of this movie. It’s the penultimate installment of Ishtar!
“And this is what this movie has finally degenerated to: jokes on the level of someone yelling ‘ching chong, ching chong’ to imitate Chinese people.”
“I got a feeling something went really wrong, and Ishtar got made.”
“Holy crap, $50 million and Coke couldn’t even get their own product plugged in this movie? No wonder they sold off the studio.”
“I can’t tell what’s funnier here, the random violence against women, or Lyle being a gay basher. Either way: comedy gold!”
“Even putting aside the absurd notion of a presumably devout Muslim woman flashing her tits in public, I really can’t imagine who thought this was funny.”
“Fans of the movie (and yes, this movie does have fans) will tell you it’s actually an underappreciated gem. I’m here to tell you those people might be clinically insane.”
This episode, Ursa is truly… well… enchanted, and she’s talking Disney, cynicism, magic, and why reference jokes do not a good film make. Plus, Amy Adams holds a live fish in her mouth while talking to Ariel.
Mark Dindal’s directorial debut, featuring singing felines and 5-year-old insane villains!
In this episode: princesses, knights and queens, Linkara, Count Jackula, and some of the reasons Frozen was so insanely popular. Also, Ursa breaks into song. Because how else would you expect her to celebrate her 100th episode?
In this episode of Fright Bites, the Fear Fan takes a look at the recent slasher movie musical Stage Fright, a gory good time that receives his fullest recommendation.
“During Rocky’s training sequence, big rubber sides of beef descend from the rafters, which may be the first time I’ve witnessed a scene transition get its own round of applause.”